Repeat, repeat, repeat
Whether you’re at a party with friends of friends of friends or testing out new ways to meet people on the dating field, you’ll need to memorize a few names—and fast. Right after you’re introduced to someone new, use that person’s name in your response: “Hi Nicole, it’s nice to meet you.” By actually saying the name out loud instead of smiling with a simple “Hi,” you’re more likely to concentrate on what you’re saying and keep that name at the front of your mind. Also try to incorporate that person’s name throughout the conversation—as long as you’re not being creepy about it—and when you say goodbye.
Focus on the eyes
It’s said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and that’s technically true. These are the surprising things your eyes reveal about your personality. But they can also help you recall that soul’s name. Apart from a few wrinkles around the edges, people’s eyes don’t change that much as they age. If years pass between meetings, you’ll be less thrown off by shifts in hair, clothing, body shape, and height if you check their eyes.